Sustainability Startup Weekend

    Friday, May 17 - 19, 2019

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Sustainability Startup Weekend

Friday, May 17 - 19, 2019

Friday, May 17 - 19, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

UTS Startups
Building 15, 622-632 Harris Street
Ultimo, NSW 2007

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Your idea in 54 hours!

Are you a passionate individual who wants to change the world but don't know how? Perhaps you're interested in growing a business with an emphasis on sustainability; or have an idea that you're bursting to share with the world and need the skills, contacts and tools to make it happen. Well, you’re in luck!

Sustainability Startup Weekend is on from May 17 - 19 and is your chance to come together with entrepreneurially-minded creatives, developers, and designers from all corners of Sydney to participate, and create ideas and opportunities to drive real-world social change, and contribute to supporting a sustainable future.

You’ll learn how to successfully launch a business venture and meet experienced mentors, like-minded co-founders, investors and sponsors while you brew up and bring to life your brilliant ideas - all within 54 hours!

Kicking off with Friday night pitches, you and your team will work throughout the weekend to brainstorm, develop a business plan and begin basic prototyping. We'll then finish up with Sunday night demos and presentations where your team will present a final pitch to all attendees and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurial judges:

And our experienced, entrepreneurial mentors Melanie Lewis, Luis Javier Erazo Gallo, Jill Storey, Gabe McCauley and Bhavin Bagadia.

Your ticket includes: 

  • 5 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners (including a free .co domain & Google credits)
  • One-on-one time with experienced mentors
  • A new network of eager developers, designers, and up-and coming entrepreneurs like yourself to engage and change the world with.

You'll also have the opportunity to win AWESOME prizes such as a:

Still have questions? Reach out to us at

Refund Policy: No refunds will be granted within 7 days of the event if food and drink have already been ordered. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. To read more about our full terms and conditions click here.

The Sustainability Startup Weekend is proudly supported by NSW Deep Green Biotech HubAmatil and Origin Energy, with prizes generously provided by UTS RapidoReady Fund GoEnergyLabClimate-KIC AustraliaM8 VenturesWWF Australia, and more!

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Friday May 17th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Review the agenda for the weekend

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday May 18th

9:00 am
Attendees arrive

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

8:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday May 19th

9:00 am
Attendee arrival

9:30 am
Begin work

10:30 am
Pitching Workshop
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

11:30 am

12:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm
Light Dinner

5:00 pm
Final Pitches

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Sustainability Startup Weekend team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Australia is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Maya
  • Aby
  • Jessie


Peta Ellis
Chief Executive Officer, River City Labs

Startup Community Activator Peta Ellis is a Communications Professional with 15+ years’ experience in Marketing Communications, Media Relations, Publicity, Social Media Marketing and Public Profile Management.   Since 2012 Peta has worked alongside Steve Baxter, the founder of River City Labs to grow Brisbane's Startup community and establish RCL as Brisbane’s most prominent Coworking community of Tech Startups , Entrepreneurs and industry mentors.

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